Planning Application 17/05708/FUL – Pre-application advice

Waiting for an internal review by Croydon Borough Council of their handling of this request.

Dear Croydon Borough Council,

I note from the Application Form that pre-application advice [ref 17/03554/PRE] was provided in July 2017, which apparently included the following comments:

1. Scale and Mass by increasing the units from 8 to 9.
2. Front elevation with no asymmetrical elements.
3. Position of building not acceptable as pushed further back away from the West Hill.
4. An off-street parking is required
5. Rear elevation, the smaller rear element is too high and squashes the first floor element to the detriment of the scheme
6. Landscape requires more work and detail

Please provide any information relating to Mr Naylor’s advice, including but not restricted to copies of what was submitted by the applicant, the minutes of any meeting[s] and the officer’s advice letter[s] or email[s].

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Whiteside

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Stephen Whiteside

Dear Freedom of Information,

Planning Application 17/05708/FUL – Pre-application advice
Your Ref: F/CRT/10008813

I refer to my request dated 19 December and your response dated 22 December 2017.

I have now noticed that in processing similar requests for ‘pre-application’ information on two other planning applications, the Council has failed to provide copies of anything of the pre-application submission itself, such as drawings, reports, fee calculations and/or covering letters etc.

[Your Refs: EIR/CRT/10008433 and F/CRT/10008767]

I would be grateful if you could ensure that this information IS provided with the Council’s initial response in this case, in order to avoid the need for a[nother] request for internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Whiteside

Freedom of Information, Croydon Borough Council

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Dear Mr Whiteside

 

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Please see attached the council's response to your Freedom of Information
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Lynda Fay

FOI Coordinator

Croydon Council

 

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Stephen Whiteside

Dear Croydon Borough Council,

Your Ref: F/CRT/10008813 - 1A West Hill, South Croydon

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Croydon Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Planning Application 17/05708/FUL – Pre-application advice'.

I refer to the information provided on 22 January 2018, as “attachment.pdf” .

On a general note, every alternate page of the document is blank, which makes it twice as large as it needs to be … and very difficult to review. Additionally, the pre-application advice letter dated 13 October 2017 is included three times.

Flood Advice

Pages 31-37 of the pdf consist of LLFA General Flood Advice regarding proposals to develop a site “… to provide ground floor commercial units with residential flats above.” Item 7 of the advice letter of 13 October 2017 refers to this as the “Lead Local Flood Authority general guidance. …”

+++ Please confirm that the LLFA were NOT in fact specifically consulted on this pre-application.

Meeting notes

Pages 61 and 63 of the pdf contain what I presume are the notes of the meeting with the applicant that took place on 3 October 2017.

Comparing this document with others disclosed with it, it seems clear that it is an email from the case officer, but with the majority of the ‘header’ lines removed or amended. The note “TOM TO FEED IN”, under item 3 ‘Character and appearance’ suggests that the notes were sent to consultees for information and/or comment.

+++ Please provide a copy of the FULL email, with the complete ‘From’, ‘Sent’, ‘To’, ‘Cc’ and [full] ‘Subject’ header and any other information that may have been unjustifiably removed.

Comments from ‘Spatial Planning’ and ‘Transportation Team’

Pages 159 to 165 of the pdf show that on 15 September 2017, the Head of Development Management consulted with the Transportation Team, Spatial Planning and the Tree Team about this pre-application submission, but comments from ONLY the Tree Team have been provided.

+++ Please provide a FULL copy of the comments made by the ‘Transportation Team’ and ‘Spatial Planning’ …. and any other consultee involved at this stage.

In his letters of 15 September, Mr Smith describes the proposal as “Demolishing of existing dwelling and replacing with single block of apartments which is containing 9 flats. Proposal is associated with parking spaces for 8 cars, cycle storage and refuse store.”

+++ Please provide details of any proposal submitted at this time to provide only 8 [EIGHT] on-site car parking spaces [rather than 9] and copies of any relevant consultee comments.

In the letter of 15 September to ‘Transportation Team’, Mr Smith describes the submission as ‘the pre application’ and asks for observations ‘within 7 days’, whereas his letter of the same date to ‘Spatial Planning’ and ‘Tree Team’ describes the submission as ‘the planning application’, and asks for observations ‘within 21 days’.

+++ Please provide details of any full or outline planning application submitted/validated at this time and copies of any relevant consultee comments and/or officer advice/reports.

Missing comments from ‘Strategic Transport’

The email between the case officer and the applicant, dated 20 November 2017 [page 57], refers to “… comments received from the Strategic Transport Team …”, but a copy of those comments has NOT been provided.

+++ Please provide a FULL copy of the comments from ‘Strategic Transport’ referred to above.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Whiteside

Stephen Whiteside

Dear Freedom of Information,

Your Ref: F/CRT/10008813

Further to my request for internal review dated 29 January 2018.

I have now realised that DESPITE my email of 15 January, the Council's response of 22 January did NOT include any copies of the pre-application submission itself, such as drawings, reports, fee calculations and/or covering letters etc.

I would be grateful if you could ensure that the above information IS now provided as soon as possible, along with the rest of that listed in my request for review.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Whiteside

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